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Montana’s Impaired Driving Scenario-Based Training

By Glenn Cramer DETECTING IMPAIRED DRIVERS IS difficult and obtaining a conviction in an impaired driving case can also be challenging. Impaired driving laws are complex, as is collecting the evidence needed to define and demonstrate impairment. Four years ago, the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) did a self-assessment of the basic impaired driving enforcement training [...]

Montana’s Impaired Driving Scenario-Based Training2019-03-07T19:17:34-04:00

The LEL | October 2017

In this Issue: Operation Southern Shield | Encouraging Enforcement | Best Practices | Rural Seat Belt Use | Data and the LEL | Partner Spotlight: Operation CARE | Tips to Testify | Training & Research | Awards & Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Download The LEL | Oct 2017 >>

The LEL | October 20172017-10-30T10:11:46-04:00

Tips to Testify: Standard of Proof

By Judge Earl G. Penrod LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS regularly testify in criminal matters brought by the government against an individual. Law enforcement may also be called upon to testify in a civil action, such as a lawsuit for personal injuries filed by one driver against another. In a number of jurisdictions, some traffic violations are [...]

Tips to Testify: Standard of Proof2019-03-06T17:22:51-04:00

Tips to Testify: Written Reports: Past Recollection Recorded

By Judge Earl G. Penrod THERE ARE TIMES WHEN AN OFFICER MAY testify in court many weeks, months or perhaps years following an event. As a result, it may be difficult for the officer to remember the details and circumstances surrounding the event. Fortunately, officers are trained to prepare detailed written reports at the time [...]

Tips to Testify: Written Reports: Past Recollection Recorded2017-10-30T10:35:00-04:00

Tips to Testify: Lay Witnesses vs. Expert Witnesses

By The Honorable Earl G. Penrod MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO are called upon to testify are highly trained and skilled professionals. Through their education and experience, officers effectively assess and investigate a variety of circumstances and arrive at appropriate opinions and conclusions. However, during testimony, officers are sometimes surprised when they are prohibited from [...]

Tips to Testify: Lay Witnesses vs. Expert Witnesses2019-03-06T17:22:52-04:00

The LEL | April 2017

In This Issue: Reducing Line of Duty Deaths | Safety Culture | Steve Cardarella | Best Practices | Oral Fluid Testing | First Person | Partner Spotlight: Below 100 | Tips to Testify | Training and Research | Awards and Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Download The LEL | Apr 2017 >>

The LEL | April 20172017-04-19T11:44:24-04:00

Tips to Testify: Pro se, Pro Per and Self-Represented Litigants

By The Honorable Earl G. Penrod MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS appreciate that testifying in court is an important responsibility and merits proper preparation. Being examined and cross-examined by aggressive attorneys can be somewhat stressful, regardless of the nature of the case. Police officers also should anticipate and prepare for the special challenges and potential pitfalls [...]

Tips to Testify: Pro se, Pro Per and Self-Represented Litigants2017-04-24T11:31:14-04:00

The LEL | January 2017

In This Issue: Networking Opportunities | Best Practices | Judicial DRE Education | First Person | Region 7 Spotlight | Partner Spotlight: NSC | Tips to Testify | Awards and Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Cover Story: Texas Department of Transportation Takes the Bull by the Horns: A Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety [...]

The LEL | January 20172017-01-15T09:19:30-04:00

Texas Department of Transportation Takes the Bull by the Horns: A Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety

This article is reprinted with permission from The Police Chief magazine, published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. By Daniel A. Howard, MA, CPM, Commander (Ret.), Mount Laurel, New Jersey Police Department and Peggy M. Schaefer, MPM, DDACTS Project Manager, IADLEST “Personally, I think NHTSA and TxDOT have done more to enhance the [...]

Texas Department of Transportation Takes the Bull by the Horns: A Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety2019-03-06T17:22:55-04:00

The LEL | October 2016

In This Issue: Capturing Good Data | Best Practices | Defining Serious Injuries | LEL Spotlight: VA | Partner Spotlight: NCSR | Tips to Testify | Training and Research | Awards and Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Cover Story: A Rural Sheriff's Perspective on Traffic Safety Download The LEL | October 2016 >>

The LEL | October 20162016-10-06T14:06:23-04:00

A Rural Sheriff’s Perspective on Traffic Safety

By Janet K. Hawkins Since his election in 2014, Sheriff Clint Shrum has been at the head of roadway safety accomplishments in in Grundy County, Tennessee. Traffic fatalities have decreased dramatically, while impaired driving arrests and safety restraint usage rates have soared, and the Department of Safety and the Tennessee Highway Patrol formally recognized the [...]

A Rural Sheriff’s Perspective on Traffic Safety2016-10-06T14:02:18-04:00

Tips to Testify: Separation/Sequestration of Witnesses

By The Honorable Earl G. Penrod IN MANY TRIALS, witnesses are required to remain outside the courtroom during the case and are prohibited from hearing or discussing the testimony of other witnesses. A Motion to Exclude/Separate/Sequester Witnesses typically is granted at the beginning of the trial and witnesses are advised of the specific requirements in [...]

Tips to Testify: Separation/Sequestration of Witnesses2019-03-06T17:22:56-04:00